Few things compare to the high we get from buying new stuff. But it never lasts. So we keep filling up our apartments, hoping the next purchase will finally make us feel happy.
But you can overcome this. You can wean yourself off consumerism, and learn to live with just the bare essentials.
The moment you do, you gain clarity. You become more mobile. And you realize that happiness is the experience, not the thing.
We spend half of our time awake doing work we despise, penned up with people we didn't choose to be with.
Life becomes a countdown — 2 hours until I can go home, 3 days until the weekend, 4 months until my next vacation.
This is no way to live. To be happy, you must overcome wage slavery. There are alternatives.
Most people fear nothing more than to deviate.
So, they recite whatever doctrine is currently in fashion. If everybody is a religious hardliner, so are they. If everybody is a woke moralist, so are they.
But it's boring. Interesting things only happen outside the herd. If you can overcome your fear, there is adventure to be had.
If someone told you, you can eat only one meal for the rest of your life, or read only one book, or visit only one country, you would think them insane.
Yet, this is exactly how we go about love. We turn it into a mutual prison.
Real love requires freedom. When you let the other person be, your own shackles fall off as well.